play·​group | \ ˈplā-ˌgrüp How to pronounce playgroup (audio) \

Definition of playgroup

: an informal gathering of preschool children organized for the purpose of play and companionship

Examples of playgroup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a family pod structure, two to five children meet regularly, with a parent at the helm to facilitate either their school’s distance learning or a stable playgroup. Annie Vainshtein,, "‘Pandemic pods’ present health risks, too. Experts offer safety tips for kids, parents, teachers," 4 Aug. 2020 People confirms that Prince Harry joined Meghan Markle for the first time in taking baby son Archie to his playgroup session. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Joins Meghan Markle at Archie's Playgroup for First Time," 16 Nov. 2019 The free playgroups run until the end of the month. Steve Rubenstein,, "On the bright side: UC Berkeley lab cranking out home-brewed hand sanitizer," 16 Apr. 2020 But during the pandemic, all five Wag Hotels in the Bay Area are offering free playgroups on Tuesdays. Steve Rubenstein,, "On the bright side: UC Berkeley lab cranking out home-brewed hand sanitizer," 16 Apr. 2020 Free playgroups for pets: Dogs and cats looking for a good time should call 888-WAG-LINE. Steve Rubenstein,, "On the bright side: UC Berkeley lab cranking out home-brewed hand sanitizer," 16 Apr. 2020 Twice a day, the shelter live-streams on its Facebook page some of the dogs in their outdoor playgroup session. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "How the dogs and cats are faring since the coronavirus locked the doors of the Dallas animal shelter," 6 Apr. 2020 And a 2015 study published in the journal Developmental Psychobiology gauged how kids who have autism interacted in playgroups when given a guinea pig versus a toy; arousal indicators on their skin revealed the guinea pig put them much more at ease. Elyse Moody, Allure, "Pets Help Ease Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety, and the Science Proves It," 18 Mar. 2020 Business conferences, college courses and even children’s playgroups have all moved online as people worldwide heed calls to stay away from one another. Devon Pendleton, Fortune, "The rise of social distancing during coronavirus pandemic pushes Zoom founder’s net worth up by $2 billion in 2020," 17 Mar. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'playgroup.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of playgroup

1909, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about playgroup

Time Traveler for playgroup

Time Traveler

The first known use of playgroup was in 1909

See more words from the same year

Statistics for playgroup

Last Updated

7 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Playgroup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for playgroup


How to pronounce playgroup (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of playgroup

US : an organized group of young children and their parents that meet regularly so the children can play together
British : a school where children younger than five years old go to play and learn

Comments on playgroup

What made you want to look up playgroup? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!